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Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 00:12

Frustrating isn't it? You grow stuff, look after it with love and attention and something gets, be it fungus, critters... and ends all the work you put in!
Noticed today the early signs of blight in one of my toms at the allotment so I pulled it out before it spread (hopefully) to the others. Such a shame, was fruiting nicely and everything, was so sad!!  I've never had tom blight before, but I've never grown toms at an allotment, in the ground,  only large pots and fresh compost each year at home. I think that's the way for me in future.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:45

So what's the point of that Hosta? You'll just get more in their place, unless you're going to wage a one person war on squirrels?
I couldn't ever kill anything that's warm blooded, but I do hope you're doing that humanely, it's illegal to cause suffering to animals, including squirrels!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:30

Superb find  Bob!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:29

Apologies, going to rant a little.... Grey squirrels get a bad rap and an unfair one.  They manage to adapt to humans much better than reds - humans have destroyed a lot of the natural habitat that reds needed to provide food and shelter and remain healthy whereas greys are much better at adapting to the change in trees, for an example reds can't eat acorns whereas greys can. So we need to plant more coniferous forests for the reds to succeed. If then the reds are healthy, then they are able (and has been recorded),  to survive the poxvirus the same way greys can.  Greys are simply much healthier at the moment purely because of their adaptability - I've seen them eat anything to be honest, bread, chocolate etc as well as more natural foods. 

It's us humans to blame, 100%. The sooner we leave nature alone, the better off it will be.  Oh, and once apon a time, reds were culled in great numbers because humans in the UK thought they were pests. Funny how we never learn!

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:16

Cheers folks. Yeah, a ton of blackfly this year, so I guess that's the interest for the sparrows. I am fairly certain it's not water or heat because I have a couple of runners growing in the garden too that I had no room for at the allotment and those are fine. Hey ho. Will leave it for the time being, but if carries on I may just have to net them. My neighbours look forward to the abundance of runners every year, I don't want there not to be any!


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 15:12

I agree, they drink a lot. There are many in the church behind our house, and I put a large bowl on the top of a tree stump and they drink from it heartily - as with all the birds. Lovely to see the wildlife there

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:11

Maybe, am not 100% on that tho because of the way they've been removed, clean off. The more I read around the ol' interweb, the more it sounds like sparrows and I have watched a sparrow darting in and out for the two hours I was at the allotment, so it's possible that it's made a point of going there.  
I have about 30 plants on wigwams, and just two full-grown beans, underneath. If I lose more I will net it, but so birds can't get in and that way I will know for sure. Will make sure there's no gaps at all.

You may have seen parts of this before?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:36

Urm.... just tell the school.... NO! Grins. You're not their pupil, what they going to do if you refuse - give you a detention or 100 lines?

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:31

Thanks for your reply Tetley, and yes, enough water - watered them well every day. I have also been feeding them. I have always watered my veggies & flowers well, seems pointless to do all that prep, seeding and then to let them down with lack of basic care!

Can't tell from the pic so well, but its like the stems have been snapped off.  Does lack of water do that? I am no expert, clearly, but wondering if they be more shriveled through lack of water? A lot of the flowers that are off are, or were, very healthy looking flowers and lovely green, firm stems.

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:06

 Please forgive the slightly rubbish pic, took it tonight at the allotment with my phone, just as it was getting dark with rain.

I noticed I've been losing some flowers recently, but seems to be getting more frequent now. The flowers are being chewed clean off at the stalk and left on the ground.  Anyone know what it is? I suspect birds, but someone at the allotment thought it may be bees - am not sure about that tho so thought if nobody minds, I'd ask you fab lot! Anyone had this happen to them and got to the bottom of things?

If it's birds (I have seen a sparrow weaving in and out of them a week or so ago) should I net it? Be a pain to pick later tho, as they are all growing up a wigwam.


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